9/15/15: I spent my first full day unpacking my luggage, and rearranging the kitchen and bathroom. I also explored a few grocery stores- clearly very important adventures on my first day in a new city.
9/16/15 and 9/17/15: Anne arrives! We explore Covent Garden (more of a shopping neighborhood), Picadilly Circus (the theater district), and Trafalgar Square (similar feeling to the area around the NY Met).
Dinner at Tayyab’s (get the potato, carrot, and fenugreek curry and the chicken tikka app). We got to the restaurant without a phone or map, just the old fashioned “ask a local” strategy. Nice job, us!
9/18/15: I slept in, though Anne had to get on a 7am train to Paris. Friday was a bit more wandering through the neighborhood. Check out this canal route that I found on mapmyrun. The Regent’s Canal is lined with slightly overgrown greenery, small shops and houseboats in use! I know that this will become a regular favorite of mine.
9/19/15: Corey and I worked out both days this weekend at the gym in our courtyard. I tried the steamroom for the first time, and can’t wait to have access to all of the classes when my healthcare kicks in.
We travelled out to Kew Bontanical gardens since it was a gorgeous day. Then we went out to Corey’s favorite Indian restaurant, Lahore. There is definitely a rivalry between Lahore and Tayyab’s that I’m sure will make its way into this blog more than a few times.Lahore’s lamb chops are better than Tayyab’s and the chicken haleem was delicious (weekend special). We walked through brick lane and smaller neighborhoods to make our way back to our flat * (apartment).
9/20/15: We went to the Pig and Butcher for Sunday roast (similar to brunch). Then met up with one of Corey’s good friends to shoot a music video, and finally ended the evening at the Hippodrome casino, where locals and expats watch American football. It won’t be my last visit there during this season, though many of the games are at 1:30 am!
That’s the recap of my first full week! I am excited to share our trip to Portugal, so I’ll be ready to post againsoon.
Welcome back, BK and safe travels, Anne!
Shout out to Nibette for hooking me up with my first meet up with an American friend.
Shoutout to girlcar for chains that involve 40+ texts to keep me in the loop when I wake up each morning.
Shoutout to FaceTime for allowing me to virtually tour my family through my flat and for keeping me connected no matter how many miles away.